Pulsar 125

Bajaj Pulsar 125 – Jury’s Choice New Commuter Bike of the Year in 2023

The Pulsar brand from Bajaj Auto consists of ten models. The entry-level Pulsar is the 125 CC variant. The 125 Pulsar recently won the Commuter Bike of the Year Award. This post in the following sections will highlight the many aspects that led to this achievement for this bike.

Here goes.


The Pulsar 125 is designed to fit the category of a sports-style commuter bike. The motorcycle also boasts a mean street presence.

Aggressive price

Similar to the new models in the Pulsar range, the 125 CC Pulsar has a durable body with well-built parts. 

The bike spawned six trims. The base trim of the bike is offered at Rs. 99,966. The top-spec trim is offered at Rs. 1, 12,438. One must remember that both prices are ex-showroom and on-road prices will differ across cities.

Back-to-basic packaging matched with a raw riding experience

The pulsar new model of Bajaj bikes comes with modern features. That is not the case with the Pulsar 125. The bike continues to come with basic packaging but offers a raw riding experience. The basic packaging of the bike consists of the following.

  • A single-pod headlight
  • Two DRLs flanking the headlight unit
  • A muscular fuel tank
  • Bolted fuel tank shrouds
  • A hunky side-slung exhaust manifold
  • Dual grab rails for the split-seat version
  • Single-piece grab rail for the single-seat version

A fuel efficient 125 CC bike

Bajaj bikes are fuel efficient. The 125 CC variant of the Pulsar is no different. The rear world mileage of the Pulsar 125 is around 50 KMPL! This impressive feat is achieved when Bajaj decided to offer the bike with EFI. Replacing the carburettor with Electronic Fuel Injection was a decision that came when the BS6-emission norms were enforced. 

Performance, ergonomics and street behaviour are second to none!

The engine of the Pulsar 125 has been the result of several years of R&D. The engine has low NVH levels. Furthermore, the latest iteration of the engine has a short power stroke but a large bore. A short power stroke coupled with a large bore allows the 125 CC engine to offer best-in-class power and torque outputs.

Unlike other 125 CC engines, the motor on the Pulsar 125 comes with a high redline. The motor is also tuned to deliver linear power and torque in all RPM ranges. The engine is also equipped with Bajaj-patented DTS-i and ExhausTEC technologies. The peak power and torque outputs of the engine are 12 bhp and 11 Nm respectively. The transmission on the bike is a 5-speed gearbox paired with a light wet multiplate clutch.

The overall ergonomics of the bike are unlike other rival 125 CC bikes. Bajaj offers the bike with rear-set footrests and a raised handlebar. These two together compel the rider to sit with a comfortable stance. The bike has an 800 mm seat height. Hence both tall and short riders can easily mount and dismount from the bike.

The handling of the bike is on par with the legendary Pulsar 150 on both straight lines and corners!

The bike also spawned a carbon fibre edition

Taking note of the success of the 125 Pulsar, Bajaj recently started offering the motorcycle in a Carbon Fibre variant. This is just a cosmetic upgrade. The aim was to keep the bike relevant even in 2023. The Carbon Fibre 125 Pulsar comes with carbon fibre-like decals. The base paint schemes available for this trim are blue and red.

Irrespective of the base paint scheme, the decals on the Carbon Fibre 125 Pulsar will be in black. This variant of the bike will come with split and regular seats. The carbon fibre-like graphics will be applied to prominent positions on the bike. The positions chosen are mentioned below.

  • The Fuel tank
  • The headlight cowl
  • The fuel tank shrouds
  • The rear panel
  • The engine cowl and
  • The alloy wheel stripes.

To learn more about the Pulsar 125, the reader should take a test ride of the motorcycle.

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